when to change from being a hunter-gatherer into being a farmer
Or else to unfortunatly discover that it is time to perish from insufficient resources and too much refuse accumulation. It may still seem to some of the over-exhuberant members that the game is still to race to grab as much as can be gotten before others grab it. Will they pause to see what they are doing, in time? We can only hope they do, since we are all in this together.
To become a farmer, in this context, means to chose to act to provide an environment that sufficiently nurtures that which is needed to survive.
At this point, knowledge as to what is needed to nurture for survival of resources, needs to be learned. The wider picture needs to be embraced, as much of what needs to be done involves balancing, the taking from one place and adding to another.
Knowledge of the wider picture becomes wisdom. Existence becomes a race to gain the knowledge of the interrelated living processes interacting with energy and materials, placed correctly into the wider picture, then choosing to action such that nurture becomes the field to thrive all.
Acting so as to provide homeostasis in the entire living system of the Earth, while embracing growth and large scale change processes, seems important for a responsible civilization.
Can this be done while there are some large scale factions doing a "Hatfield and McCoys" obsession, wreaking havoc to land and people in their games of who is better than whom and what bunch owns what; and while others are incredibly successful at an obsession with obtaining ownership of far more than they can personally enjoy? These are extremely distracting from the need to be overall ressponsible for the homeostasis of the living system on which we all survive. It is perhaps easier to go to battle against other nations, than it is to nurture a living system of the ocean, say. The glories of waging wars shines brighter in the eyes of people than does the enormous effort to provide a balance of industrialized civilization's effluent with processes that will completely recycle them in the overall system. Will this be a fatal failure to humanity? Is this "somebody else's problem?" Nobody seems to be minding the store.
Maybe this could be done by somehow changing peoples' craving for the excitement of conflict against each other, into an excitement for successful homeostasis of the earth's living system while in growth. This may be analogous to getting a bully to become a responsible citizen. Is it possible, really?
Surely now is the time for mankind to see the civilization being created in the process of being successful hunter-gathering on the planetary ecosystem's resources, and unite at least enough to heavily lean toward the ways that aim toward overall homeostasis of the earth's whole living system.